Film Review – The Hunger Games

  As a plot device, people killing people for others’ entertainment has been done, done and done. Battle Royale, The Running Man, Tron, Gamer… even Gladiator. I could go on. So what makes The Hunger Games stand out above these? Truthfully… I don’t know, and I am not even sure that it does. But it’s…

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Bel Ami Review (Contains Spoilers)

Robert Pattinson stars in new drama, Bel Ami, which follows a young man’s journey to wealth. This is a very different role to his normal parts in which he normally plays a good guy, so did he do the role of Georges justice? I have to admit I did want to see the film due…

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Film Review – John Carter (in 3D)

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? 100 years ago this month, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first novel about the hero to be known as John Carter of Mars. Amazingly, this is the first time that this character has been brought to life on the big screen. The result? Rather than…

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Film Review – This Means War

Awards Season is now well and truly over, so if you’ve been waiting for one of the year’s guilty pleasures, then wait no longer, it has arrived. A film that encourages you to laugh at it, as much as with it, This Is War takes a ludicrous premise, and does increasingly ludicrous things with it.…

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Film Review – Safe House

After the temporary blip that was the rather marvellous Unstoppable two years ago, Denzel Washington is back on tediously disappointing form with this run-of-the-mill actioner. Throw in some grainy stock footage, far-too-close-to-see-what-the-hell-is-going-on action scenes, highly expected twists and overly long scenes of waffly exposition and you get the picture. That said, the performances are surprisingly…

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Film Review – Chronicle

  Superhero movies, found footage movies, teen angst movies. All old hat, been there done that. But this film has managed to breathe new life into all three at once. There’s a lot to say about this film- unfortunately, a lot of it hinges on some major plot points, and, not being a fan of…

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Film Review – The Vow

You can imagine the pitch. “Here’s an idea for a chick flick. Take a true story about love and amnesia, starring her from The Notebook. We clearly won’t get Ryan Gosling anymore, so how about that hunky bloke from Dear John instead?” Well, it worked. The film’s out and has become a rather sizeable hit…

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